COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

Christopher Lowery comments

Posted in: South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan's export controls See in context

First off, much love to South Korea. But, they need to get out of bed with the Iranians. Stop building their ships, and giving them "unbeknownst" Japanese tech, and ofcourse and stop buying their oil. They do that, and then come to the table. Until then don't wine.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka tops Serena Williams as world's highest-paid female athlete See in context

Lets just hope she continues to matures with age, and becomes a very good philanthropist, for her sport and others, that would be best.

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Posted in: Japanese teenager plans lawsuit over gaming limit ordinance See in context

I thing egaming is becoming more and more popular in Japan, so it could be quite lucrative enterprise in the future, and with that many kids might turn pro, if that happens, these measures may become a much bigger issue. Cities may want to revisit such actions in the future. But for now, it's good to see a youth taking civil action, it's a healthy thing.

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Posted in: GOP tries to rein in Democrat governors on virus response See in context

America is not responsible or any virus befalling it from China no matter the strain, Covid45 or any other. This plague came China, and it mutated in the U.S. if you want to criticize Trump, you can, the response was slow, because he was bombarded with opposition to anything he wanted to do from the start( He's never had their support before, so you can hardly blame them, it's just business in washington) and his own misunderstanding of this virus from the start, fair enough; but don't say this is his entire fault, that's ridiculus.

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Posted in: 2 Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat near Senkaku Islands See in context

I think Xi may not have command and control right now. What just happened is extremely dangerous no matter the claim. A Chinese coast guard boat chasing a fishing rig is absolutely outrageous. Japan exemplified self control and command.

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Posted in: Streaming video, online retailers escape pandemic pounding See in context

Well, other business are hurting. That's the truth. But digitally focused companies have flourished. It says something of the future we have to look forward to. How can we both compensate those affected and reconcile the good things that have happened in the business sector as opposed to the fallout in the social everyday lives of common people all over the world? This question will stay with us for some time, and the sooner we can answer and satisfy those affected by all of this, the sooner we can all move forward in a new world, a post viral world.

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Posted in: Tulips snipped to prevent crowds at Chiba festival See in context

A Botanic tragedy. What a pity. Seems like an extreme measure that wasn't very well thought out, yet seemed necessary on the surface. Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Japan to pick partner this year for next fighter jet development See in context

Well wait a sec, the Japanese Gov just spent 1 trillion on the Japanese People and residents, so now who is blaming the military complex for getting it's share? C'mon, be honest, Japan doesn't use sticks and bows, to defend itself and Japan always has to be wary of it's rivals. I do hope they get a hybrid drone fighter or just go full tilt and and design a full on drone fighter with swarm nano drone capabilities.

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Posted in: Japan extends calls to avoid nightclubs, bars to all prefectures See in context

Interesting enough, the rainy season truly maybe a Godsend. No one is going out in the rain. Let's hope it helps.

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Posted in: Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans. Trump objects See in context

There are reports of what appear in some states on t.v. as a chaotic situation at such hospitals wide but in reality In the same state some are empty ex.

https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/03/as-coronavirus-patients-cram-nyc-hospitals-syracuse-hospitals-still-have-300-empty-beds.html

This is because of the notification to people to only come if you have COVID symptoms.

Its just very frustrating. Let's save lives, if there are empty hospitals let's not gripe about it, let's put patients in them, there certainly are plenty to go around.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Well it really has come down to sides, either sacrifice the economy it sacrifice living human beings. I would think Japan would do all it could to protect it's people. Only time will tell.

Do we need to give up freedoms? Yes. I said it, we do need to give up the freedom of possibly catching speading and even God forbid infecting someone whom we may or may not know it even worse.

Yes, stay indoors, yes be more tightly regulated as a society, Yes, police ourselves with a sense of dread of harming someone else yes, listen to the medical officials and self quarantine, yes, whatever it takes to save lives, yes to it all.

Get off your high horse, and put people first before you. You can't use money or have a profitable society if its hallowed out by ignorance. Peace and safety for everyone, this is best.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

Absolutely terrible. Shimura Ken was the first Japanese comedian to really make me laugh you know; not a fake laugh, but the deep down healthy laugh. His comedic depictions of different Japanese personalities, and how they interacted with each other in different relationships to one another always held my interest; and his intertwining slapstick made everything just gel so nicely. He made me love Japan all the more. He will surely be missed. Definitely one of the greats we have lost.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

A little advice, the west is not the east. If you are in Asia, stop worrying, take of yourself and those you are responsible for; be humble and thankful you live here, carry on calmly and purposely, and you will be fine.

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

I for one believe Abe is doing the right thing. Doesn't it seem a bit off about how the world is reacting to this? The whole of society is shutting down, The WHOLE. people.

What I mean is Just from a sane vantage point here in Japan, it would seem that at this time, this is the right option, granted the Olympics may be a bit scaled down, but really, taking a look, at the Corona infected list on,

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

I don't see Singapore. Remember them, they are not even on the list!

Look, this virus will be contained here in Asia, and there really is no reason to go shutting down whole societies, at this point, Abe see that and is moving forward aware and pragmaticlly not in panic mode, and we all should too.

Stock up if you feel nervous, go out less, keep your place nice and clean, especially, the restroom, kitchen and shower areas, and always keep yourself clean, and always be proactive about your health.

Now we need to understand that all these things add up to just being aware, not the end of civilization, we need to be smarter and wiser, and I applaud Abe for his attempt.

And I know this is a hard thing right now, but please, for your own sakes, try to keep enjoying your lives the best you can, even if it's in a scaled back way, don't give up on this world yet, we still need each other.

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Posted in: Parents, teachers scramble to cope after Abe urges school shutdown See in context

Well now hold on. Abe is dealing with what's on the ground and in the political spectrum. It really is a lose if you do, lose if you don't type situation. If the the choice was between shutting it down, or something more risky, but with probable good outcome, I can see why he chose the latter. Public safety over public discomfort. It's a rough call, but I think he's doing his best. No one really heeded the call to calm down and not panic, instead the world went off the rails, the U.S. stock exchange just about crashed, and and we're in the middle of a pandemic. So what else is there? Possible Mob rule or an iron fist, he chose the iron fist.

Now I could be proven wrong in the future, and if I am I'll admit it, but at the moment, I believe he was and is acting on actionable intelligence.

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Posted in: Cast of hit sitcom 'Friends' reuniting for 25th anniversay See in context

Pretty cool, they all show up on a sound stage, no script, and talk about the good ol days, and get paid 2.5 mil a pop. Looks like , get paid for what you do, get paid for what you did, and now, get paid for what you said you did. Nice pay day, One can only hope to aspire to such terms.

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Posted in: U.S. raises travel alert to Japan due to 'community spread' of virus See in context

Yes, but if they let their government workers go back without a check up, it reveals something very telling,

Namely that there is no need for it.

All in all its advisable that we should ignore the hype, and get on with our lives, and treat the symptoms as best we can until a vaccine is made available. Don't you think?

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Posted in: U.S. raises travel alert to Japan due to 'community spread' of virus See in context

It is fine to debate the numbers and have opinions. But look at China. Do you want that here? Everyone locked up, and policed by drones, with people laid out in the streets?

I'm not saying that's we'll get there overnight, but if we keep freaking out and get into a panic, a lot more people will be harmed, and our freedom of movement, and basic welfare will be severely restricted in the long run, more is than necessary, So this is not a good thing, everyone needs to to just calm down an and focus and on treatment, but go on with day to day life this is what needs to be expressed. The government is simply reacting to the situation on the ground, so we should help with that, not give them every reason to shut us down. And they can shut us down.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

It is fine to debate the numbers. But look at China. Do you want that here? Everyone locked up, and policed by drones, with people laid out in the streets?

I'm not saying that's we'll get there overnight, but if we keep freaking out and get into a panic, a lot more people will be harmed, and our freedom of movement, and basic welfare will be severely restricted in the long run, than necessary, thus is not a good thing, everyone needs to to just calm down an and focus and treatment, but go on with day to day life this is what needs to be expressed.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

Honestly, I really think everyone is really over reacting. if anyone bothered checking the CDC, they would know that the common flu is is projected to kill anywhere from 6 to 41,000 people this year, and that is with us having a vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

and the covid coronavirus deaths: 2362

Yes, a grim statistic, but the common flu gives us an even more grim estimate for 2020...16,000 – 41,000!

We really need to calm down before we write off an entire year over something that is no dangerous than any other known virus out there.

it's ridiculous. we need to be brave. We should realize that this virus is not going anywhere, and get on with our lives. Bring on Olympics, and lets go back to work. Peace.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

You know, the fear of this virus is from not having a cure, right? Yet there's no real cure for Rhino virus either, and we all catch it. 

Now the symptoms are all basically the same, unless your infrim with a heart condition, and that's also the same for any virus, in fact you hear reports, that if you do catch it, it will be nothing more than a bad cold, unless you have some respiratory issue to begin with, but that's also the same with any flu like virus, like rhino virus ;-)

It leads me to the conclusion that this virus is going nowhere, and we need to adapt that, go on with our lives, and stop living in fear.

Or else we will all become victims, and we won't even need a virus.

Hang in there world, this to shall pass. Peace on the seven seas.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 14 more virus cases; school to be closed for 2 days See in context

You know, the fear is from not having a cure, right. Yet there's no real cure for Rhino virus either, and we all catch it. Now the symptoms are all basically the same, unless your infrim with a heart condition, and that's also the same for any virus, in fact you hear reports, that if you do catch it,but will be nothing

more than a bad cold, unless you have some respiratory issue, but that's also the same with any flu like virus, like rhino virus ;-)

It leads me to the conclusion that this virus is going nowhere, and we need to adapt that, go on with our lives, and stop living in fear.

Or else we will all become victims, and we won't even need a virus.

Hang in there world, this to shall pass. Peace on the seven seas.

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Posted in: Rocker Neil Young calls Trump 'a disgrace' See in context

So the first thing on Neil Young's list to do after becoming a US citizen is criticize his president? Give me a break. Just retire and live the good life, why does he even bother?

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

I have much respect for Koike, she stood up for one of the largest cities in the world, and no matter the outcome, it was good of her, and her responsibility to state what she felt was right. However, it's just that the data wasn't on her side this time. Peace on the seven seas.

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Posted in: Climbers rush to beat ban on Australia's iconic rock Uluru See in context

I think the Uluru Site is beautiful.

It's:

(The Anangu refer to tourists as munga, their word for ants. )

that I take issue with. And the whole curse accusations.

That just seems biased and make people look very close minded.

Tourists should respect community wishes but the community also must be a respecter of persons from all nations as well.

Remember, that rock was here before you and will be once your long gone, so it's not really yours anyway, you might say you belong to it, more than it belongs to you.

So let people enjoy it's beauty safely but in a manner that suits them, not you. Besides, it also brings in capital, and that's good too. Peace

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Posted in: Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort See in context

@Norman@ah_so

Well, it seems there is always something to learn as you go down the rabbit hole of debate. But that's a good thing. It seem there is a possibility of emolument, but we'll let the courts deal with that,

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-hosting-g7-miami-doral-could-violate-constitution-2019-10

340million is of a lot of money.

However, I have no vitriol so I go in to all the expenses the obamas

Ex. 1 https://www.newsweek.com/obama-administration-travel-costs-114-million-trump-723883

Ex. 2 https://www.newsweek.com/obama-administration-travel-costs-114-million-trump-723883

Even as the ex pres. He's costing ,

Ex.3 https://nypost.com/2017/09/01/obamas-the-most-expensive-ex-president-for-taxpayers/

Or Michelle during The Obama Presidency:

Ex.4 https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/671575/289

You see? We can play this game All day long. However, I personally think this is a good conversation to have, we just to remember to tell the whole story, before we make up our minds as what's what. Don't you think?

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Posted in: Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his golf resort See in context

Oh for goodness sake, the man takes a minimum of 1 USD for salary.

You can what you want about his business dealings etc. , but you can't say he is filling his pockets.

So you couldn't give him the contract? It's not like it would go into his pocket, he would have charged 'at cost' meaning he wouldn't have made a cent in profit.

Yes, the man is rich. But this wasn't going to make him any richer. And the international community would have enjoyed it much more. Sounds more like jealousy to me.

Peace.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

I still don't understand why they do not freeze the water. As long as they made sure it could remain frozen, they could build hightech facilities underwater to store it. All those scientists can't figure a way to do it?

Peace.

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Posted in: British lawmakers prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay See in context

Is it just me, or does it feel like this whole Brexit idea is something that surprised everyone, but in the end will come to crashing end under a mountain of bureaucracy?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment service to end in Sept due to weak security See in context

Cashless payment systems seem to be quite new in Japan. I actually think they good to save money, as there will be no change left in ones pocket. But security does seem to be an issue. Maybe more a two tier ID check is needed. It would be a little time consuming, but anything connected to cash or identification should be managed with extreme caution, security, and confidentiality. I think Line pay does a good job. And PayPay is good as well. But too many systems will flood the market and make things unsafe. I hope the companies realize this and invest in some of the more established systems already online. It would be better for the costumer. Peace.

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